Established in 1986 Trekitt is family owned and run. We have always been driven by our passion for wild places and mountains and have enjoyed sharing those experiences with our customers for over 30 years.

Trekitt provides top quality equipment and clothing for mountaineers, hill walkers, climbers and travellers and has grown over the years to cater for a wide range of outdoor activities. We hold large stocks of specialist clothing and equipment from the worlds best brands backed up by our award winning customer service.  We are more than a shop, we are a service for adventure, we fully understand that to get the most from your passion you need the best kit that is fit for purpose and suits you personally.  We offer expert boot and rucksack fitting services in our Hereford shop and are always happy to discuss your equipment needs, so just call us.

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Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent Green

Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent Green

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This is a classic lightweight 3 season single person tent for minimalist backpacking, touring, adventure racing and mountain marathons. Lightweight yet comfortable and winner of multiple awards.

Description

Season : Sale

Code : 43LCG16

Weight : 0KG

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Please note, this is a 2016 model. The latest model can be found here. The only difference between the two is that this model does not feature taped seams, whereas the new version does.

This is an absolutely classic tent that has won multiple industry awards including the Outdoor Industry Award and Trail magazine Best in Test and Gear Hall. Weighing in at only 970g, it uses silicone coated ripstop fabrics clever construction techniques to give you a one, or at a squeeze two, man ultra-lightweight shelter for adventure racing, cycle touring mountain marathons and minimalist backpacking.

The fly is made from ripstop siliconised nylon which is strong, waterproof and has a high tensile strength. Whilst the fabric is completely waterproof (HH 5000mm) the seams are un-taped, so Terra Nova have rather cleverly positioned them to avoid water ingress and you can always use some seam sealer to make the tent 100% waterproof. Terra Nova have used their own Waterbloc ripstop fabric for the groundsheet which offers durable waterproof protection (HH 6000mm).

Large mesh panels on the inner tent help with ventilation and despite its relatively small size the Laser Comp 1 is a pleasant place to shelter from the elements. The large single hoop DAC Featherlite alloy poles provide strength and stability and creates a large vestibule over the front door for storage or sheltered cooking. The Laser Competition is supplied with an extra black pole hood which offers greater weather resistance, UV protection and increased stability for the main pole seam.

With some practice you get the Laser Competition 1 erected in about 5 minutes and once pitched it is a very stable structure thanks to the materials used. The flysheet and inner are attached and will go up as one very quickly, but if you really need to keep the weight to an absolute minimum you can pitch the flysheet separately to create a very light minimalist shelter.

We highly recommend the use of a footprint with all tents to prolong their life, improve waterproofing and to keep the groundsheet clean. Admittedly it will add some weight to your pack but it’s worth it to protect your tent and to prolong its life.

  • Waterproof ripstop Si2 fly
  • Waterbloc groundsheet
  • Lightweight inner with mesh panels
  • Storage and cooking area
  • Lightweight alloy pegs
  • 8.55mm DAC Featherlite poles
  • Sleeps 1-2 persons
Care & Advice

How to Care for Your Tent

We know that purchasing a tent is a big investment, that’s why we have such a wide range of options to suit different activities, weather conditions and people, allowing you to choose the perfect one for you. Taking care of your brand new tent can be the difference between heading out for an adventure in the mountains, or having to fork out for a hefty repair bill, or even worse, another replacement tent. Below are our best tips to care for your tent.

Footprint

Before even leaving the shop (or online basket) with your tent, consider a footprint. A footprint is a large water-resistant piece of material which sits underneath your tent to protect it from sharp rocks and wet ground; if this footprint gets damaged, it’s easy to replace and doesn’t cost a fortune; if your tent groundsheet gets damaged, you’ll have to spend at least twice the amount for a repair or replacement.

Don’t Abuse the Poles

The chances are your poles are made from individual aluminium sections connected by elastic; when you come to remove the poles from the tent, don’t pull them out. The best way to remove poles from their sleeve is to place the pole end against your hip and pull the fabric towards you. If you simply attempt to pull the pole out, they’ll disconnect inside, the elastic will stretch and then spring back, potentially trapping the fabric of your tent between the pole sections.

You might also be tempted to flick the poles out so that the elastic snaps them into place in a quickfire fashion. However, this is far from ideal, as if the poles don’t align when they meet, you can easily damage or weaken the end of the pole, leading to future failure which is usually on the wettest and windiest nights!

Collapse Poles From the Centre

When your poles are safely removed from the sleeve, collapse them from the centre to avoid stretching the elastic.

Stuff, Don’t Fold

You were probably told when you were in the Scouts or doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award that the best way to pack your tent away is to neatly fold it into a rectangle, the width of your storage bag, roll it around the poles and pegs and then put it all in the stuffsack. However, whilst very neat and tidy, this method of packing can create permanent creases in the fabric, weaken the waterproofing and eventually split the fabric of your tent. The best solution is to simply stuff the tent fabric into the storage bag, just like you would a sleeping bag, and pack the poles separately. Make sure to leave and end or corner at the top, so that you can easily peg it out if your next campsite is windy. The poles normally have their own stuffsack so they can be packed separately, strapped to the outside of your pack or stored inside, allowing the tent fabric to be compressed for efficient packing.

Store it Dry

Let’s assume you’ve been out with your tent and the weather has been a little on the damp side. You’ve packed your tent away when wet and now you’re back home in the warm and dry with a nice of cup of tea reflecting on your latest adventure. But what about your poor soggy tent? The worst thing you can do is to leave it packed away wet, mildew will grow and eventually rot the tent, rendering it useless. As soon as you’ve finished that cup of tea, wipe off any excess dirt and moisture with a towel, then hang the tent somewhere where it can fully air out; a nice warm spare room or a garage is perfect. Alternatively, when it stops raining, pitch the tent outside in the sunshine to dry off. Let it air for at least 24 hours and once you are sure that it is bone dry it can be packed away for storage. Note - don’t tumble dry or hang the tent over a radiator or other direct heat source.

Don’t Store in the Stuffsack

Like your sleeping bag, it’s best not to store your sleeping bag in its stuffsack unless it has to be compressed for an activity. Leave it in a large duffel bag or supermarket ‘bag for life’ in a cool, well ventilated area so it can breathe.

Avoid Tree Sap

If you’ve ever had sap on your hands, you’ll know how horrible and sticky the stuff is; it’s even harder to remove from your tent flysheet. Pitch away from trees if possible.

Don’t Leave in the Sun

The majority of tents we stock are made from nylon. Nylon is incredibly tough, lightweight and easy to care for, however it will naturally degrade if left out in harsh sunlight for extended periods of time. Try to pitch your tent in the shade or strike the tent (pack it away) during the day. Polyester tents don’t suffer from this quite as badly, but it’s still a good habit to get into.

Leave Sharp Objects Outside

Boots, cooking equipment and other sharp/abrasive objects can all be stored in the vestibule, where there is less chance of it ripping a hole in your fly or groundsheet. You may not want to pop your pet in there, but at least carry a small blanket to avoid their claws damaging your groundsheet.

Technical Information

Sleeps: 1 (2 at a push)

Season Rating Spec: 3 season backpacking

Free standing? No (tent requires guy lines to be pitched)

Minimum Weight: 0.91Kg (2lb )

Packed Weight: 0.97Kg (2lb 2oz)

Packed Size: 40x12cm

Pitch Time (estimate): 5 mins

Number of Porches: 1

Number of Doors: 1

Pitch Type: Fly and Inner pitch together

Range: 3 season backpacking

Flysheet: Si/Si Nylon R/S 5000mm

Floor: Si/Si Nylon R/S 6000mm

Poles: 8.55mm DAC Featherlite

Pegs: 10 x 6g Alloy

Guylines: 4 x Reflective with Clamcleats

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The whole ordering and delivery process went very smoothly but unfortunately the boots I had ordered were slightly too narrow and had to be returned, the no quibbles returns process was quick and easy, with Trekitt keeping me informed by email at every step of the way, including receipt of my parcel and when my refund had been processed. Service and communication with this company always excellent.

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